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secretary of defense. what do we think about the hagel decision, and is that presemtively taking on the politics, because he know he won't have the drama or go in to have the hagel fight? >> well, i don't believe he wants any of the fights. i am among those who are surprised that he went with hagel because they could see controversy there. and secretary gates, the democrats like to have a republican defense secretaries, and they feel like it is good optics to have a republican in national security post, and secretary gates was well liked by the republicans even though he was to the left of the center of the bush era on national security establishment. >> which is not very far left. >> still very much center right at least, and hagel did break with the republican colleagues and i think that the white house had no know that there was sort of resentment, and bad blood there. so i'm surprised, but i don't think that he wants a fight. i see the way he abandoned susan rice not the deal with it and they don't want to burn political capital on the bandwidth, but hagel will be okay, and t
senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense. an announcement is expected on this tomorrow. >>> let's go right to the white house, where the first family arrived less than an hour ago now, like 30 minutes ago. and the president has at least three big things waiting for him. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander is joining me live. peter, good sunday to you. let's first hear more about his reported pick for defense
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